TypeLimited is an ongoing art project exploring relationships between objects, letterforms and occasionally music. This piece is a physical interpretation of a short composition by Claude Debussy—"La fille aux cheveux de lin"—written in 1909-1910, and a quote on music, dubiously attributed to Plato since the late 19th century. In the video the piece of art progresses as the piece of music develops and flows until it is finished, after which the piece of art takes on life of its own.
Claude Debussy was a French Impressionistic composer, living from 1862 through 1918. His compositions frequently used unusual modes or were harbingers of the atonal movement and the Second Viennese School. This piece in particular, however—"La fille aux cheveux de lin"—is very lyrical and tonal in nature, and gets its title from a relatively contemporary poem. Originally composed for piano, it has been transcribed for a variety of other media including violin and piano or violin with orchestra. This recording in particular is by the current violinist extroardinaire Joshua Bell, and can be purchased here.
The quote itself reads as follows: “[Music] gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just, and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.” The quote is commonly attributed to Plato, but although many people have attempted to locate the original instance of this statement, to the best of my knowledge nobody has been able to do so. The earliest instance of which I am aware is from the book The Pleasures Of Life, Part II, by Sir John Lubbock, Bart., M.P. (Macmillan and Company, London and New York, 1889), p. 120. This source does indeed cite Plato as the author of the quote, but it appears that none of his extant writings contain these words. The source of the quote will remain a mystery, but both the sentiment and the unresolved authorship was interesting enough to incorporate it in this piece.
More details coming soon!
//Art Direction: Jake Mize
TypeWorship Advent Calendar
I was invited to participate in the TypeWorship collaborative advent calendar, and decided to use the opportunity to try out an idea I'd had. The entire piece was created in a space about 5’x4’x4’ in a home studio set up. The Christmas ornaments were painted a deep blue and hung from a trellis in 3 depth layers, before being drawn on with a silver paint marker. Hanging the ornaments was time-intensive but the most difficult part was trying to keep them from spinning while photographing the composition. Thankfully I was able to time the shot to the best of my ability—when working with 10 variables, all insisting on spinning one way or another, it can be tricky!—to capture the composition for this calendar.
I also made a free wallpaper for December, available here for the following devices:
TypeLimited is an ongoing art project exploring relationships between objects, letterforms, and sometimes music. This piece is a physical interpretation of Neil Young's "Old Man"—a song describing the relationship between a young man with much exploring yet to do, both introspection and in the world at large, and an older man who has experienced more of life and has now settled down.
The song presents a unique set of dichotomies—a song titled "Old Man" written by a man by the name of Young, who was himself young at the time of composition but is now nearly 70. Also present is a juxtaposition of lyricism and rawness, which I channeled in the piece—the matte black and smooth curves of the guitar, with the ragged gold script of the lettering.
This piece was shot with a Canon Rebel XTi and a tripod in a garage. The music is my own rendition of Neil Young's Old Man, recorded with a Martin DX1RGT, in the spirit of craft, on... my iPhone.
TypeLimited 002: Young & Old
Six & Ten
Six Strings & Ten Fingers—custom lettering for a guitar case. The original sketch below.
Small Business Saturday
Lettering developed for Cox Business's Small Business Saturday campaign. More in-use images coming soon. 2 phrases to be used in tandem, in horizontal and vertical formats, for print and web application.
//Client: Cox Business
//Agency: Ghost OKC
//Art Director: Matt Pickett
No Place Like Home
This lettering was done for a small magazine for a feature on the remarkable aspects of the earth, its atmosphere, and its relation to the sun that make it conducive for life to exist, and still unique in that it is still the only known planet (at the time of this writing) known to sustain life.
The feature title and the interior subheadings are all custom lettering done for the project.
//Art Direction: Dan Stelzer
Houstonia Magazine did a feature on the burgeoning craft beer scene, and needed some punchy, vintage lettering to carry the simplistic (but, one must admit, rather attractive) headline of "Beer!" The type treatments were used on the cover and on the interior feature spread.
Below the shots of the lettering in use, you can see several of the sketches proposed to feature in the magazine.
//Art Direction: Chris Skiles
//Client: Houstonia Magazine
Best Bars In Houston
Lettering developed for Houstonia Magazine's "Best Bars in Houston" feature. These were intended as subheadings for the feature article.
These illustrations are available for license or purchase. If interested email firstname.lastname@example.org
//Art Direction: Chris Skiles
//Client: Houstonia Magazine
A series of hand lettered titles for a variety of ZOZI collections.
//Art Director: Ryan Morris
Typography & lettering for a whiskey label.
//Client: Rudolf Prehn
Back To School
Cover and interior feature lettering for WORLD Magazine's Back To School issue. The original lettering was executed using a whiteboard, then photographed and worked into the cover and interior of the magazine.